Threats of contraction haven't dimmed hopes for the more than 400 young professionals at minor league baseball's winter meetings job fair. Clubs have posted a record number of openings, and sharply-dressed applicants with baseball aspirations have come from across the globe to vie for those spots. Job fair organizer Paige Hegedus says MLB's proposal to cut 42 of the 160 affiliated minor league teams is "an elephant in the room," but she also says the event has felt like business as usual. Jack Wang, a 26-year-old job seeker, says contraction is not on his mind because he's focused on pursuing his dream job.


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